Due to rising cases of Covid19, Itanagar Capital Complex deputy commissioner Talo Potom has recommended that complete lockdown be imposed in the district initially for one week with effect from July 12.

Seeking approval of the complete lockdown, the Itanagar Capital Complex deputy commissioner wrote a letter to the chief secretary of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday.

In the letter, the DC informed that in view of the unprecedented rise of Covid19 cases in the Itanager Capital Complex, a virtual meeting was conducted on July 9 at 11.30 am.

The meeting was joined by all the stakeholders of the district including the MLA, corporators of IMC, ZPMs, health department, police, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce, representatives of e-Commerce/ home delivery services, market welfare associations, hawkers and vendors association, transport.

“During the meeting, most of the stakeholders had recommended for complete lockdown within the Itanagar Capital Complex as per the suggestion of the health department to contain the spread of the deadly virus,” the letter said.

The Itanagar Capital Complex DC said: “As per records available, there is a rampant increase in number of Covid positive cases and the test positive rate after the relaxation of complete lockdown (post June 7, 2021).”

“Now, the test positivity rate is almost 10% for last one week. Most of the wards/sectors of Itanagar Capital Complex have been affected with Covid19 cases and accordingly, micro-containment zones were declared,” the deputy commissioner said.

The deputy commissioner alleged “the district administration and the police are enforcing Covid19 appropriate behaviour, however, the denizens are not cooperating with the district administration and police which may be one of the practical issues for enforcement of containment zones at many locations.”

The DC also alleged that the “residents and other people are not complying with the micro containment orders and Covid appropriate behavior, which is a matter of concern”.

The DC said “only due to the complete lockdown imposed in the Itanager Capital Complex, the spread of Covid19 was contained to a large extent.

“In order to contain the spread of Covid19 in the Itanagar Capital Complex, complete lockdown initially for one week with effect from July 12, 2021 is recommended by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA),” the DC said in the letter

Deputy commissioner Potom requested the chief secretary to approve the imposition of complete lockdown within the territorial jurisdiction of the Itanager Capital Complex initially for a period of one week with effect from 5 am of July 12, 2021.

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